NASA Issues Launch Services Mission Order for TROPICS CubeSats Mission

NASA Orders Launch Services Mission for TROPICS CubeSats Mission
NASA Orders Launch Services for TROPICS CubeSats Mission - Concept illustration of satellites featuring the TROPICS constellation working in concert to provide rapidly updated microwave observations of storms on Earth, measuring a storm's precipitation, temperature, and humidity. Credit: NASA

NASA is in Long Beach, California, to provide launch service for the agency's Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation Structure and Storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats (TROPICS) mission as part of the agency's Venture-class Acquisition of Dedicated and Rideshare (VADR) launch services contract. from Rocket Lab USA Inc. chose his company.

Rocket Lab is one of the 2022 companies selected by NASA for VADR contracts in 13. VADR contracts are managed by NASA's Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The five-year order period for fixed price indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity VADR contracts has a maximum total value of $300 million for all contracts.

The TROPICS mission is part of NASA's Earth Systems Science Pathfinder Program and consists of four CubeSats designed for two low Earth orbital planes. Rocket Lab will launch TROPICS satellites into their operational orbits (from initial to final insertion) over a 60-day period. The targeted date for these two special launches, as authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will be each with an Electron Rocket, no earlier than May 1, 2023. In this way, NASA will be able to observe during the 1 Atlantic hurricane season, which will begin on June 2023.

The TROPICS satellite clusters focus on the development and evolution of tropical cyclones, including hurricanes.

It will provide continuously updated observations of the horizontal and vertical patterns of temperature and humidity both within and around storms, as well as storm intensity.

These data will help researchers understand the mechanisms that affect these severe storms and ultimately improve modeling and predictions.

Building on NASA's previous procurement initiatives to encourage the development of new launch vehicles for NASA payloads, VADR provides FAA-licensed commercial launch services for payloads that can withstand higher risk.

These highly flexible contracts contribute to greater access to space by lowering launch costs by adopting a lower level of mission assurance and commercial best practices for launching rockets.

Source: nasa.gov/press-release

Günceleme: 24/11/2022 17:27

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